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-sumaida'ie. he has been ambassador since 2006. prior to that, he was iraq's ambassador to the un. he addresses the current situation with other muslim countries and what the future holds for the region. this is just over an hour. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2011] and earlier this month >> >> i welcome you to this lecture. part of an ongoing partnership between the baker center, but this lecture offers us a special opportunity to engage in a conversation with his excellency ambassador samir al- sumaida'ie. >> well done. [laughter] >> about who is the ambassador to the republic of iraq to the united states and will talk about a very important question -- is iraq still important to the u.s.? i would like to extend a special welcome to two former united states senators, and to former united states ambassadors who have joined us for today's lecture. one of the two senators is senator howard h. baker jr. [laughter] [applause] [applause] who hails from a great state of tennessee. served in the senate till 1985, having ser
, rumsfeld on iraq, weapons of mass destruction, and the aftermath of two wars. >> there are known knowns, there are known unknowns, that is to say we know there are thing we know. and there are unknown unknowns, things we don't know we don't know. >> that is then, this is now. donald rumsfeld in his own words. this is "piers morgan tonight." >>> mr. secretary, welcome. thank you for coming in. i want to start probably obviously with libya, extraordinary scenes involving muammar gadhafi who, he pitched up at a hotel in tripoli, said nothing to reporter. just came in and left soon afterwards. seeing the pictures now, bizarre scenes. you were a middle east envoy for the united states. when you see what's going on, not just in libya now but also in the middle east, do you quite believe it? >> well, you can. i mean, you think of the growing population, the large number of unemployed, mostly young people, and i guess it's not surprising that people now today they have facebook and twitter and cable television and they can see the opportunities that exist in other countries. and they know in th
a book on the iraq book. they projected a minimum of $3 trillion in costs. i ask unanimous consent to put into the record, mr. speaker, a statement that i made eight -- over eight years ago on -- at the beginning of the iraq war when i pointed out there was nothing, no reason why we should be going to war in iraq because there was no proof that iraq had weapons of mass destruction. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. kucinich: i mention that in terms of this debate because we are at the confluence of events, the anniversary of the iraq war, the confluence of the funding of the war in afghanistan. we got to get out of afghanistan. we got to get out of iraq. we got to start taking care of things here at home. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from florida has 5 1/2 minutes to close. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, mr. speaker. and i'm pleased and honored to yield the remainder of our time to the gentleman from michigan, mr. mccotter, a member of the financial services committee, a former member of our foreign affairs committee, and i'd like to remind
on him. up next, we will hear from iraq's ambassador to the west. today the special representative from the mission and afghanistan said the priority will be afghan lead security forces. later, joe biden talks about fixing high school dropout rates. >> beginning april 1, we will feature the top winners at the c-span stood in camera competition. they submitted documentary's focusing on a topic that help them understand the role of the federal government. meet the students it created them. trim all the winning videos any time online at studentcam.org. >> now conversation on u.s./iraq relations with the ambassador to the united states. this was a knoxville, tennessee and earlier this month. >> we value this very much. this offers as a very special opportunity to engage in a conversation with his excellency. >> well done. about q is the embassador whitby ambassador into will talk to less about a very important question. is iraq still important to the u.s.? before introducing the ambassador formally come out like to extend a welcome to former unitedd states senators. they have done this for
hard." i want to start with what you told me. i asked about iraq, back in 2008. i want to start with what he said about iraq and the transition to afghanistan before we come back to this new book, "the wrong war." winning it in iraq now means what, as you define it? >> it is a level of stability with violence that the iraqis can handle without us and without the country falling apart or getting under the control of iran, and we're just about there. that is quite different of saying we're going to have a wonderful democracy. that is not our business. i hope that my book is a warning to anybody. if you read this book and understand how hard we had to work. now we have both presidential candidates saying we have to do more in afghanistan, and i am saying, i am all in favor of that, but let's have our eyes wide open about afghanistan because it is one to be even harder than iraq. tavis: afghanistan harder than iraq, that is what you said in 2008. the good news is that we had different suits and ties. the bad news, for me at least, i am not so sure that things are any better in afgha
? >> 26 million is more like it in iraq. i think clearly he needed to go to congress. if he ever went to congress and president obama was senator obama he would vote against his own resolution. >> sean: this is the point. finally -- look, this weekend -- we are going to show this in the next segment. defense secretary gates said the attack is not of vital interests to u.s.. >> the way you have to look at this attack is, it is one more thing that obama is on the hook for. colin powell said you break it, you own it in cautioning. >> president bush about going too iraq. think about the things obama is on the hook for. if oil price go up, anti-oil drilling. terror attack weakness in terms of the terror policies. if egypt blows up and becomes a muslim brotherhood state, the fact that he encouraged that rebellion. if libya resorts to ongoing violence he's on the hook for that. of course for the economy. you just have -- you have so many outcomes that can undo him. i believe he's taken the first step into quicksand. when you back -- when you say your rational is you are going to protect civi
elusive. >> day with us, if you can. much more to come. iraq as a new government is rebuilding some of that saddam hussein's most infamous monument. a british airways computer expert has been found guilty of plotting to blow up a plane. rajib karim, pled not guilty. >> he was encouraged by this extremist cleric to see his job with the airline has a golden opportunity to attack the west. to his colleagues at the va office in new castle, he was a quiet, and respectful man. but he lived a double life. a talented computer engineer, on his home pc used sophisticated encryption and deciphering code to communicate with extremists around the world. he contacted with this man, and more al-awlaki -- and more al- awlaki. he is probably the most wanted terrorist leader in the world, after osama bin laden. an american citizen, he speaks directly to angry young muslims in the west. al-awlaki told him to use his job as a front in a holy war, saying, "i pray that allah may grant us a break through through you." he was turned down for a job due to lack of experience. he then offered to plant a bomb
he returned briefly to iraq in january and left after 15 days after he was the object of the assassination. more recently he came back. he appeared alongside a secular shiite and threatened to remove his support from the prime minister and public services did not improve over the next six months. we also have to ask some questions about this relationship. if iran-iraq ties are so close, why is there still no peace treaties between these two countries for the iran-iraq war? why haven't iran paid recreations for the war which iraq started? why is iran still holding on to some aging iraqi fighter jets flown into iran during the 1991 gulf war? why is iran dumping consumer goods on iraq and hurting iraqi productions? one of the complaints is if you go to a butcher particularly in the south thers butcher will ask you whether you want a sunni chicken or a shiite chicken? [laughter] and the shiite chicken comes from iran and it's blessed by an ayotollah. so this is quite a racket for the iranians. despite these irritants in the irritants, we have
made tonight. >> bill: are you kidding me? what about the iraq war? just five days ago congressman weiner says he regrets voting in favor of it even though one of the great tyrants in history saddam hussein was captured and killed. wiener also opposed staying in afghanistan where the taliban has slaughtered thousands of people then there is nbc the uber liberal network. not anymore. listen to this comparison of obama and bush. >> as for the differences between him and george w. bush, define sharply tonight at one point in his speech in terms of why the u.s. would not make it the goal of our war in libya to topple the dictator there allah iraq. >> bill: again, are you kidding me? president obama said time and time again qaddafi has to leave. right now u.s. planes are bombing qaddafi's forces degrading his ability to defend himself. there is no question our military is being used for regime change in libya and any honest person knows that unfortunately on the far left there isn't much honesty, is there? now, on the right there is anger about president obama not taking the lead in lib
with the deadliest fighting in iraq and the psychological damage that members sustained after completing multiple tours they are. mr. philipps spoke at the national press club here in washington. >> i'm here not to talk about an issue of the story of my hometown recently. i grew up in colorado springs outside of ft. carson published a large army base that had around 32,000. when i was growing up in the 80s and had a lot of friends doing military families they are getting deployed generally meant they be spending. it was not a bad gig when i was in colorado springs as and adult i started working for a newspaper in colorado springs and been deployed meant going to the sunni triangle to the sunni triangle to the sunni triangle pesch river valley, places that you send a fairly good chance of dying every day. it is not something that i ever knew about were it was my job to know about. my job at the newspaper had the sweetest gig in the world. they hired me and there was a job today in colorado. they hired me as their ski writer. and in the summary do things like mountain biking and climbing mountains.
in iraq for just a few days, and we are still there eight days later. i want to be clear about your own understanding about what the point is of the u.s. mission. is the point to bomb a few days? to help out the rebels on the ground? is the point to take it gaddafi out? are you clear of the goals, because i am not? >> well, i will not for a moment claim to be speaking for anyone but myself, so i do not know what a military analyst with say about that, but in my humble opinion, it seems that the facts on the ground are that you had a very robust but actually quite amateurish fighting force made up of civilians, people who were not trained to carry arms. i know people in libyans who were only five weeks ago running small businesses and in some cases attending university, in some cases attending school, kids as young as 16, who carried books to school six weeks ago and are now carrying arms, so very high on bravery and determination but very low in training and that. particularly when you consider some towns, especially one very close to triple b which has been bombed very heavily, -- dere
grateful for his accomplishments in iraq and what he is doing now. all of us would agree that we should thank his family and all of the military families do what the country. please join me in a proper welcome for general petraeus. [applause] >> thank you, mike, for the kind words in kind introduction. thank you for being here instead of being glued to your tv screen. it is a privilege to recommend -- to represent the great men and women you mentioned. earlier i wanted to be reassured. i have done a handful of presentations here at the museum. i want to thank them for pulling this together in getting such a wonderful audience. i did want to be reassured that there is no serving military officers that have done more presentations here than i have. i have been assured that the record is still mine. i will continue to defend that particular title. it is great to be back on the stage. we have done several of these in the past. the conversation literally goes where he wants to lead it and then were you all want to take it. it will be interesting to see people on ipad and everything else. i w
fighting in iraq and the psychological damage that members of the regiment sustained after completing multiple tours there. mr. phil spoke at the national press club here in washington. >> i'm here not to talk about an issue, i'm hopefully her to tell you a story. it is a story of my hometown recently. i grew up in colorado springs right outside of fort carson, which is a very large army base. right now it has around 32000 active duty. when i was growing up in the '80s and had a lot of friends who are in military families there, getting deployed agenda that may be spending a year or two in west germany. my friends would come back with superior knowledge of types of chocolate i had never heard of the. it was not a bad gig. and when i moved back to colorado springs when i was an adult things were very different. i started working for the colorado springs gazette. and being deployed met going to the sunni triangle or going to the pashtun river valley, places that standard fairly good chance of dying every day. it's not something that i ever knew about or it was my job to know about at th
are takingish with donald rumsfeld's statements. they say he's rewriting history on the iraq war and trying to cleanse the record of hits role in that war. i think i agree with them. for a closer look on how his words square or don't square with the facts, let's turn to two top journalists who investigated the bush administration's run-up to the iraq war. nbc news national investigative reporter michael isikoff. gentlemen, i have respect for both of you. what is rumsfeld trying to skirt away from here in these meetings we're describing here? we'll just go at it generally first of all. ron, you first. >> rumsfeld is trying to back away from the real story of the iraq war, much of which has been reported, but it was essentially lied about in present tense by the bush administration. that it was planneds from january 2001. it was all about a way to get into war with iraq, set up a pro american country in the arab world. rumsfeld is trying to dodge and duck that, but it's interesting, in this book there are also a few things where rumsfeld is trying to get in the right spot for the final record
? and to criticize this president because he's moving too slow? do you know how long they took in iraq and afghanistan? do you remember when president bush was floundering around in iraq and he had already been there for three years. not three week, not three days. three years! we were just told we had to stay there and give it time to succeed. >> we will stay the course. >> the second thing you do is stay the course>> it's absolutely essential we stay the course. >> most americans believe we have to stay the course. >> we're going to stay the course in iraq. that's why when we say something in iraq, we're going to do it. >> we had to stay the course back then. it's been eight years in iraq. it's been ten years and counting in afghanistan. but in libya, obama didn't even get a week. thes s mid panic, oh, my god, what are we doing, it's not going to work. let's panic. the bush administration created a disaster in iraq, but one of the mainuyreonblfo itonufehal rici policy in libya. >> if you're going to put americans at risk militarily, it seems to me you have to have clarity in what you
over iraq operations for the military. then a libyan leader muammar gaddafi blames al qaeda for the uprising in his country. on "washington journal," we will talk about federal spending priorities with jim moran and daniel webster. we will discuss the role of nonprofit organizations with tim delaney. "washington journal" is live every day at 7:00 a.m. eastern. a couple of live events to tell you about tomorrow on c-span3. homeland security secretary janet napolitano testifies about the budget request at 9:30 a.m. eastern. mexican president felipe calderon is in washington for meetings with president obama. you can see that live on c-span3 at 4:00 p.m. eastern. this trip comes three weeks after gunmen killed one u.s. agent in mexico. >> mit american history professor is on "book tv" this weekend. she has written several books. her latest was published last year. join our conversation with pauline maier on c-span2. watch previous programs at booktv.org, critique -- redefined the entire schedule on lun. >> hillary clinton reiterated her call for muammar gaddafi to step down. he
possible by nbc universal] chris: president obama beat hillary clinton bazz he opposed the iraq war and she didn't. now he's agreed with her and sent our missiles into libya. has the man who ramped up afghanistan and now has us fighting gaddafi got an different view of things? the old question, should we intervene to stop a dictator when he's out to slaughter his people? is it possible for a president to turn americans back on humanity? is going in always the right thing to do or never the right thing? and finally, haley's comet. he thinks the way to beat obama is to run as his exact opposite. can he think he might be just the ticket? hi, i'm chris mathews. welcome to the show. with us today, howard fineman. and helene cooper. first off, some say that presidents grow in the job and by that they mean presidents are not always predictable. when it comes to war and peace in american power, barack obama certainly is one of the unpredictable ones. he won the democratic nomination and then the white house by running against the iraq war. here he was way ahead of most politicians back before the i
the eascoast of sunni saudi arabia. across the gulf are two huge populous shia-dominated countries. iraq and possibly nuclear-arms to iran. the king of jordan raised the specter of the shia crescents stretching across the middle east from lebanon hezbollah on the mediterranean to she a majority bahrain and the eastern province of saudi arabia. but have they ever played the sectarian card? if so, why are they doing it? >> it is a great survival tactic. if you can meet the sienese the could be -- the sunnis feel that they're going to be attacked because they are sunni are be undermined, they will back the government to try to keep their status in society. as far as the region, if you try to raise these sectarian dimension of the whole thing, you get the gcc troops coming again to try to protect the status quo. >> is that a dangerous part to play? >> i think it is extremely dangerous. i think you're feeding a monster that you cannot control. >> pulling down the monument at the roundabout seemed a strange way to respond to a crisis. perhaps the leaders there it by removing the symbol of the
as u.s. ambassador to the united nations ambassador to iraq, and ambassador to afghanistan. also here, rob malley. he is a program director for the middle east and north africa at the international crisis group. i begin with john negroponte. so where are we, and what are our options? >> well, i think where we are is we have a resolution pending before the security council with respect to the imposition of a no-fly zone, but if we're going to do that, as an international community-- i take mrs. clinton's comments to heart that we're not going to do this alone, we have to do it on a multilateral basis-- but we better act fast. time is running out. >> rose: why has it taken so long to get this under consideration? >> well, i mean, i think there's been kind of a reluctance here to, once again, get out in front. we run the risk of being accused of acting unilaterally without sufficient international support and sanctions. so i think that's probably the main reason. >> rose: what should the united states do? what should the united nations do? >> i think first we shouldn't have done what we
but in the scope of a big military intervention a lot less money than iraq or afghanistan. if they commit to that backseat role but then gadhafi sits there, don't they need could to come back and say never mind, we need to up this? >> yeah, i think they're facing increasing dilemma unless the regime cracks from within, that's the hope. then i think we're increasingly looking at a stalemate or gadhafi strengthening himself because the rebels are so disorganized and if we do begin to supply them with weapons they'll have to be trained. that takes time. this has turned into a very tough situation on the ground and, you know, you have the distinct feeling here, john, without knowing for sure that the administration and the nato nations really don't know which way this is going to go. they don't have any -- they don't have a much better sense of this than we do and sitting here looking saying how is this all going to end? i do think the president increasingly has a dilemma and sold us this the american people as a defensive action and humanitarian action yet it's becoming increase will goly cl
to the christians in iraq and egypt and minority muslim groups in pakistan and elsewhere. >> that is the comment by the u.s. secretary of state a day before mr. bhatti lost his life. to you, paul marshal, are you encouraged by the words of our secretary of state or the united states needs to do more than talk? >> both. i am encouraged and the u.s. needs to do more than talk. i think the administration generally has been very quiet about the persecution of religious minorities, especially christians. reluctant even to mention the fact christians willing killed in iraq. i think secretary clinton's statement is a state forward acknowledging what is happening. now it remains to be seen what they do. if it stays at words, then tas huge disappointment. it is just wind. if they begin to act. if they raise the issues with the government pakistan, with the government iraq, if they look to specific protections from the christian communities in iraq, that is an important step. >> okay. paul marshal, stay in d.c. gary in egypt and we have more to talk. when we come back our own gary lane is in cairo and tr
with the nature of these threats. whether from iran in its a religion is in iraq and lebanon, the vicious martial anti-christian, anti-jewish and anti-western brand of islam is theology exporter under saudi arabia's official, or the forces of osama bin laden, al qaeda and other sunnis islamists lead and insight. and i also argued that the united states government under both parties is fighting an islamist enemy that does not exist. and, therefore, it is a policy that runs counter to america's historical traditions, and so to its best interests. official washington islamist enemy is the stuff of hollywood farce. beat a shia or sunni, the islamists are a limited band of fanatic nihilists, ready to kill widely and indiscriminately for the pure joy of murdering. and ready to sacrifice their lives because my daughters go to university, i went hold early presidential primaries every four years, and because i, may god forgive me, have one or more sam adams after work. would that such an enemy existed, for he would be at most the legal nuisance and not a national security threat posed today to lesser or
of questions specifically about the you in. how those staff compare with those in iraq? to you in afghanistan feel safe? and they are taking over security in seven areas. how you think they will impact the work that the u.n. is doing in those areas? >> if i have to accumulate the three points, i would focus on whether we in the u.n. feels secure. the reality is that afghanistan is still a dangerous place. the reality is that the u.n. has been targeted and have had five of my colleagues killed and several wounded. and we had an attack relatively recently, where obama tried to enter an operational center. -- a bomber tried to enter an operational center. the afghan soldiers shot first, got wounded, and in our own internal security was given enough time to respond and we were able to go to a safe place. by saying so, i am trying to reply to the question. [no audio] of relation with the u.s. military, which will address separately. the writing on the wall is definitely [no audio] taking over their own security. we need to expect on them and count on them to do so. there are frustrations, but not
being. iran is preoccupied with the domestic situation and the americans are still in iraq. next year, the situation will change after the american withdrawal, and i think we will see an runyan reaction, because it is an anti-iranian move by the saudis. they think they have time. >> we seem to be witnessing gaddafi gaining control over libya again, and now this crackdown on protests in bahrain and other parts of the arab world, a crackdown on the democratic process. do you think this is an end to these democratic protests? >> it is not an end. their protests in other countries that are less stable. what we see now is the protests have moved to the geode strategic epicenter of the region. it is not libya. it is the persian gulf, with its huge oil reserves. here, other issues are at stake. that is why bahrain has got the support of the united states. the saudis will not lose that support. it is all about the geostrategic situation, the conflict between the u.s. and iran. the issues involved are a lot more important for the world than those in north africa. >> thank you for joining us. y
and iraq, the new movement is not colonial domination. britain has a contribution of the success of states with artificial boundaries and artificial composition. >> with a military occupation came nation-building. in places, it installed -- still on his throne in the 1950's. what was jordan, they are still on their throne. it is far from democratic and reliably pro-british. and so began the ruins of the ottoman empire a love affair that will last throughout the twentieth century between britain and the arabs. with a deeply entrenched respect for the arab world, there is military and political elites. the language, the architecture, and oil. after influence, they like to think it is they and not the americans that understand the >> it gave the region a new strategic value and would reshape the vision. >> it established a strategic considerations. this was a shift in production from caribbean oil to middle eastern oil. and in terms of communications, the eastern mediterranean was of critical importance for the defense of the british empire. dominance in the middle east was for local and poli
of hypocrites. sorry, i got your name mixed up. look at the way they did when bush went in iraq -- host: did you support -- caller: they were outraged. now everything is so good and they approved. we are broke -- the money that was spent -- a million dollars apiece -- host: did you support the effort in iraq when president bush did -- when president bush announced that? caller: no, i sure didn't. host: michael on the democrats' line. caller: i just want to say it religion not matter whether you are a republican, democrat, or id pay -- it really should not matter. this is a time we should stand behind the president and his decision to send troops to libya. gaddafi is a dictator who killed many of his people. i am glad president obama has heard the libyan people's cried. we need the united states. we have experience with the war. the best experience the military. i am glad obama has gone over there to help the people. i sit here in a small town in northern maine and i watched the news and i see these people being slaughtered and as an american i can say i am proud of our present stepping up. it ju
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